Contact Us

West Long Branch Public Adjuster Charged with Insurance Fraud

A public adjuster based in West Long Branch risks up to 10 years in a state prison if he’s convicted of trying to bilk the New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Company out of $15, 452.

Joseph Shammah, 39, owner of Northeast Claims Group LLC, was indicted by a grand jury in Trenton on counts of second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree attempted theft by deception, fourth-degree misconduct by a corporate official and fourth-degree false swearing.

Shammah became embroiled in a sting that New Jersey’s Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor dubbed Operation Home Makeover, aimed at rooting out deceptive dealings between public adjusters and insurance companies. Public adjusters serve as hired go-betweens for property owners and insurors during damage-loss assessments.

The indictment alleges that Shammah took stock of a house andissued false statements about damage between April 1 and August 3 of last year, seeking more than $15,000 from NJM.

Prosecutors also allege that statements given to undercover detectives indicate Shammah’s knowledge that the claims were false.

The second-degree charge, along with a possible 10-year prison term, carries fines of up to $150,000 on conviction. Third-degree charges carry maximum sentences of five years and fines as high as $15,000. Fourth-degree offenses involve prison terms up to 18 months and fines up to $10,000.

Best of WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.